American Institute of Architects Continues Leading The Way

America has always been a hotbed of creative activity in both the arts and sciences. It is unsurprising that one discipline that is equal part art and science has also been spearheaded almost entirely by Americans. The architectural schools that arose throughout the 20th century, with the advent of the skyscraper, came to be completely dominated by U.S. architects and structural engineers. However, none of this would have been possible without the American Institute of Architects.

Bringing order out of chaos

Prior to 1857, anyone in the United States could refer to themselves as a professional architect and no one would have any way to verify if they were, in fact, qualified to ply that trade. It was for this reason that in that same year, many of New York’s top architects got together and formed the professional institution for their trade, one of the first such professional institutions in the country at that time. The ultimate vision of these early pioneers of their industry was to provide a level of rigor to both standards and ethics, ensuring the public that architects were every bit as meritorious a collection of professionals as lawyers or doctors.

The organization they formed proved instrumental in the rising dominance of America in the design and construction trades over the following decades. With the invention of the elevator and the introduction of steel-framed buildings, it soon became possible for the build environment to reach towards the skies. The so-called skyscraper became a stable of cityscapes from Chicago to New York. This increasing reliance on vertical behemoths would forever alter the ways in which urban Americans lived and worked, contributing to the rapidly expanding U.S. economy and the country’s global economic domination.

Soon, many other Western countries were copying the methods and designs of the American city. Although architectural styles like Beaux Arts and Neoclassicism were not invented in the United States, they soon found their stride there. The U.S. is still home to the vast majority of the most exemplary specimens of the various schools of architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. This incredible output and harnessing of the country’s genius was largely a product of having a strong professional organization that gave the architectural industry the imprimatur of an established and revered trade.

Today, the American Institute of Architects is headed by renowned biographer and architect Robert Ivy. Under his leadership, the organization continues to design the future.

Orange Coast College has a new recycling center!

Orange Coast College has some exciting news. They just opened their new recycling center and commemorated it with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It is a whopping 5 acres located off Adams Avenue and is worth an estimated $7.5 million dollars. It boasts a number of facilities and took 16 months to build. It consists of a conference room, a first aid room, classrooms, offices, a cleaning area, 45 parking spaces, and women’s and men’s showers. This is just an expansion of a 45 year old recycling program that draws people from all over the place. The new and improved version is going to be an economic driver for the community and will bring in even more people. Learn more: https://twitter.com/orangecoast?lang=en

 

President Dennis Harkins or Orange Coast College said it has provides thousands of jobs for student mostly and is a commitment to keeping the community clean. What can you expect to recycle there? They accept newspaper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, scrap metal, and even electronic waste such as televisions, faxes, and computers. They also accept fluorescent light tubes, cooking oi, and household batteries. One the other hand they do not accept hazardous waste, paint, chemicals, used motor oil, auto or marine batteries, and furniture.

 

Not only is this new facility a way to cut down waste, it also is environmentally friendly. It uses solar power, inside and out, and was build with eco-friendly materials. The classrooms were named after Cliff Ronnenberg and his wife, founder and Chief Executive of CR&R Environmental Services. They helped fund the new recycling facility, along with a voter-approved Coast Community College District bond, called Measure M. Orange Coast College wants to continue in more development of the college with a new planetarium and new student housing.

 

Orange Coast College is located in sunny Costa Mesa in Southern California, just minutes from the beach. It is ranked one of the nation’s finest community colleges founded in 1947, with classes starting one year later in 1948.

 

They offer a range of programs for students looking for a top-notch education. These include lower-division classes that transfer to other colleges and universities, certificates of achievement, and two year science and art associate degrees. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html

 

Avaaz – Including you in the change

Founded in the year 2007 in the month of January, the activist group known as Avaaz has been making a powerful impact on this planet we call home.

Instead of allying themselves with one ideal that would limit them in the long run, they instead focused on several things that most ideologies would say are important to focus on. Avaaz is focused on solving the issues of global warming, also referred to as climate change, bringing equality to all in the form of human rights, protecting the critters of this earth by promoting the rights of animals, ending corruption in the government and on the streets, eradicating poverty, and ending conflict across the globe.

They fulfill their mission in a very unique way. They heavily focus their righteous efforts on building online petitions and encouraging various people to join their vast email campaigns. This is an extremely smart move for our society. Most organizations have a very hard time recruiting others to help them simply because other people do not always have the time to volunteer. Avaaz takes care of that problem by allowing you to share with them you opinion via the internet and they will make sure your voice is heard.

In order to keep their organizations pure from outside influences, Azaaz refuses to take donations from other foundations or corporations. They know such donations come with expectations. Rather than being enslaved to another’s viewpoint, they rely on the donations of individual members. They have proven this can be successful as they have now raised over $20m.

With that funding they have been able to create a team of campaigners that now span over 30 different countries. With this worldwide presence they will be able to focus on change throughout the globe and in the local town.

For more information follow Avaaz on Twitter.